Plantic™ R, a bio-based, renewable and recyclable plastic material with ultra-high barrier and ideal for barrier packaging applications, was named a Diamond Finalist Award Winner in the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The technology combines the best of recyclable materials (Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)) and Plantic’s bio based ultra-high barrier material, which dramatically increases the shelf life of packaged meats. Plantic™ R is a multilayer film made from thin layers of PET on a core layer of renewably sourced, high barrier Plantic™ HP. The PET provides the moisture and water vapor barrier, and the Plantic™ HP core provides the oxygen and gas barrier. In recycling, where typical multilayer films contaminate PET recycling streams, the solubility and biodegradability of the Plantic™ HP barrier layer will allow that layer to wash away and biodegrade in the recycling process, while the PET is recovered.
In addition to being renewable and recyclable, the Plantic™ R packaging requires approximately half of the energy to produce than traditional fossil fuel plastics. Plantic™ R’s on-pack communication provides easy-to-understand directions for disposing the tray and the film, since both are recyclable. Plantic™ enables retailers and brand owners to achieve their sustainability goals without compromising product quality, shelf life or performance.